Archive for October 17th, 2007

mishit: the ballgirls in madrid

October 17, 2007

With the WTA and ATP tour calendars jam-packed from January through December, it is sometimes hard for tournaments to make their mark (which is why I advocate a better array of trophies, at the least).

So TSF gives props to officials in Madrid for finding their own awesome schtick: train Boss models (read: top-notch, beautiful, fashion professionals) to work as ballfolk for a premier tour stop. This happened at last year’s Tennis Masters Series tourney and also at last year’s WTA Tour Championships. (There was even a big to-do about Maria Sharapova helping out with the selection process.)

boss models - madrid masters tennis - ballgirls

But someting happened between planning and execution this year because the girls showed up frumping around in pink dresses. And while black shoes might have worked at a less athletic event (worn correctly, pink bubble dress with black booties can work), they should NEVER be worn with light colors. The baby blue polo/skirt combo is alright.

boss models - madrid masters tennis - ballgirls

And what is going on with the beddazled tattoo? Am I watching The Real Housewives of Orange County?

So, to the organizers of the Mutua Madrilena Masters: go back to the drawing boards for next year’s event. Perhaps take inspiration from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Need we remind you how they dressed their raccattapalle? Yep, that’s how it’s done.

What do you think of the ballgirls? Tell us!

(photos by Getty Images)

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powder withdraws from madrid

October 17, 2007

My favorite albino, Nikolay Davydenko, has been making waves at this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters in Madrid:

First he criticizes Andy Murray for spouting off about match-fixing and then taking it all back — “stupid” actions which will only put more heat on Kolya as he meets with the ATP.

Then he shakes up the draw by pulling out of the tournament due to an elbow injury (likely stemming from a wrist injury he sustained at last week’s Kremlin Cup final). He’s already qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup, so he can take a little breather.

davydenko - madrid - terracotta warriors

It’s funny how perfect this photo is: the three giants of the men’s tour — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic — are totally dwarfing the fourth-ranked Russian.

Thankfully, there’s a better photo after the cut.

another look: filippo volandri in emporio armani’s ea7

October 17, 2007

filippo volandri - ea7 - emporio armani - madrid

Italy’s Filippo Volandri continues to wear shirts from EA7 — that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports line — at the Madrilena Masters in Madrid. Here he is losing to Feliciano Lopez in the 6-3, 6-2 first-round match.

We last saw this shirt at the BCR Open Romania in September. TSF’s a fan of the striped lining.

(photos by Getty Images)

i love umlauts!

October 17, 2007

serena zurich 2007 vs. patty schnyder
Serena Williams in her first round match against Patty Schnyder. Williams retired at 0-6, 0-3 with a sore thigh.

I get really giddy when I see branded courts. For instance, this week’s hardcourts at the Zurich Open were painted with the Tier I tourney’s location (that’s Zurich). And the men are playing on green hardcourts at the Madrilena Masters. Those courts are painted with “MADRID”.


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